American Pests

  • by James E. McWilliams
  • Narrated by David Zinn
  • 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Inspired by the still-revolutionary theories of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, James E. McWilliams argues for a more harmonious and rational approach to our relationship with insects, one that does not harm our environment and, consequently, ourselves along the way.
Beginning with the early techniques of colonial farmers and ending with the modern use of chemical insecticides, McWilliams deftly shows how America's war on insects mirrors its continual struggle with nature, economic development, technology, and federal regulation. He reveals a very American paradox: the men and women who settled and developed this country sought to control the environment and achieve certain economic goals; yet their methods of agricultural expansion undermined their efforts and linked them even closer to the inexorable realities of the insect world.

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What the Critics Say

"[A] colorful chronicle of pest management in the United States... As well written as it is thorough." (Publishers Weekly)
"[McWilliams'] book should resonate in these times of GM temptations and global food shortages." (Times Literary Supplement)
"[McWilliams] knows how to address unusual historical topics in rich detail... Poignant... Thorough... Recommended." (Library Journal)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-02-2010
  • Publisher: Caravan